New Zealand April 2020 FAQ's

Please read through these frequently asked questions that provide specific information on how to prepare for your New Zealand Quest, including packing suggestions and other relevant information. 

What are the dates for the New Zealand Quest?


April 25 - May 2, 2020 (7 Nights, 8 Days) 3 Nights Queenstown > 1 Night Wellington > 3 Nights Tongariro > Auckland




What kind of pace can I expect on this Quest?


Our itineraries are designed to include plenty of mind-expanding experiences from a New Zealand insider's perspective, whether that means encountering culture, spirituality, people or pristine wilderness. Our quest will include activities such as a helicopter ride over Milford Sound's spectacular landscapes, teachings from Maori wisdom keepers, and a visit to the Whanganui River, the first river in the world to be granted “personhood” by the New Zealand parliament. You will also receive the finest education and coaching to support you in designing your next evolution of personal and professional impact.




Will this trip be unique?


What makes New Zealand magical - beyond its extraordinary landscapes - is the wisdom of our guides. Our guides come from diverse tribal backgrounds and hold the stories passed down from their ancestors. You will get their in depth knowledge of Māori history, culture and spirituality and will also be taken to some of the most powerful sites. On your Abroad Quest you will stay in beautiful accommodations and experience the best New Zealand has to offer.




Who will be on the trip with me?


The group will include senior leaders and influencers from top organizations throughout the world. Expect high-net worth individuals, C-Suite execs, and partners at major financial institutions, emerging leaders and their families.




What's included?


7 nights: 3 Nights Queenstown > 1 Night Wellington > 3 Nights Whanganui > Auckland

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A helicopter ride over the spectacular Milford Sounds and Fiordland's
  • Beautiful hikes in pristine heritage parks
  • Daily mindfulness meditation
  • ExecEd for self awareness, leadership, purpose and mindset development
  • Mind-expanding cultural immersion with the indigenous Maori
  • 1:1 sessions with senior executive coaches
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Community dinners with inspiring guest speakers sharing their knowledge
  • Dedicated local concierge
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Put simply, once you arrive in New Zealand, we take care of the rest




Are my flights included?


We include all domestic flights within the Quest, however you will need to arrange your international round-trip flights to New Zealand. Our Quest will begin in Queenstown and end in Auckland.




Who will be on the trip with me?


The group will include senior leaders and influencers from top organizations throughout the world. Expect high-net worth individuals, C-Suite execs, partners at major financial institutions, emerging leaders, and their families.




Are my flights included?


We take care of all internal domestic flights from the South to North Island. You will need to arrange your own international flights, arriving into Queenstown by April 25, and departing from Auckland on May 2nd.




When should I arrive in Queenstown?


You need to arrive to Queenstown sometime on April 25th, with a preference for morning or early afternoon, as we plan to have a small welcome dinner at the hotel.




When should I arrange my return flight home?


On May 2, 2020, we will fly from Taupo to Auckland, landing at 10.15am. If you can find a flight home after 2pm, you are welcome to return home this evening. If not, we can help you book a room at Sofitel Auckland located in the beautiful Auckland Viaduct Harbor. Furthermore, and we cannot stress this enough, please do your best to ease back into your work life. This is a powerful experience, so launching back into 10-12 hour workdays is not advised. You can work, just do so at a slower pace.




I wish to book additional nights stay in Queenstown or Auckland, how can I do this?


Send us a message and we will support you with booking your additional night stay.




Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?


Yes, all guests must apply for a NZETA (90-day visa) prior to travel.




What is the size of the cohort?


We limit cohort sizes to 10-20 participants, along with 5-7 faculty/staff. This ensures we have an intimate group where everyone experiences focused personal and professional transformation. This also makes it easier to form meaningful relationships with other participants. By the end of the Quest, it is our hope that you form friendships and professional collaborations that last a lifetime.




What’s my baggage allowance for domestic flights?


Air New Zealand allows checked baggage up to 23kg (50lb) , and carry-on luggage cannot exceed 7kg (15lb).




What should I pack for my trip?


April's weather is known or rather celebrated for its crisp sunny days, clear blue skies and cold, bright nights. You can expect highs of 18-20°C in the North Island and 16-18°C in the South. Clothes (Layers are key) Your clothing should be breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying: ● Elegant Outfit for a Dinner at Chateau Tongariro ● Long Pants / Jeans ● Shorts ● Wool socks ● T-shirts and button-ups ● Zip-off quick-dry hiking pants ● Zip-off quick-dry hiking pants ● Quick-dry shirts for outdoor activities ● Fleece jacket ● Lightweight down pullover ● Base layers (top and bottom) ● Swimsuit ● Rain jacket Footwear ● High-cut waterproof hiking boots (wear these on the plane to save room in your luggage) ● Water shoes/sandals (with buckles or straps to stay on your feet) Accessories ● Hat ● Sunglasses ● Bandana ● Wool beanie ● Lightweight insulated gloves Toiletries ● Toothbrush and toothpaste ● Extra contacts and solution ● Bar of soap & deodorant ● Toiletry Kit ● Razor and shaving cream Electronics ● Digital camera ● Electronic chargers and adapters Paperwork ● Passport ● Credit cards ● Cash Luggage ● Daypack ● Camera bag ● Packing Cubes & Sacs




What does a typical day look like?


A typical day begins with a morning mindfulness session, followed by breakfast and an excursion exploring New Zealand’s breathtaking cultural and physical landscapes. Some days we may be hiking through a variety of landscapes: alpine basins; pristine lakes; cascading waterfalls; luxuriant forest and turquoise rivers. Or soaring high and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. All while immersing ourselves in the Māori ways of knowing, and receiving transformative executive education. Every day will be filled with new discoveries, inward and out. Given the diversity of experiences, we advise always traveling with layers for the varying temperatures.




Will there be filtered water provided?


Yes, it will. We advise you to carry your own reusable water bottle, to reduce the number of plastic water bottles that get thrown out daily in the country.




Do I need to purchase travel insurance?


Yes. Abroad requires that you personally purchase comprehensive travel insurance to participate in any Abroad Quest. We require all participants to provide us with evidence of your travel insurance policy number 2 weeks prior to the Quest. That way if anything occurs, we can support you.




What is your deposit and cancellation policy?


Given we have limited spaces available, we require a 100% upfront payment to hold your space and demonstrate your commitment. We understand that life and business happens and you may need to cancel. In those cases, we will refund:

  • 75% of your trip cost 60+ days before the trip
  • 50% of your trip cost 30+ days before your trip
If you need to cancel within 30 days, we will do our best to work with you as we try to fill your spot. It's important to recognize that very few people travel to New Zealand on less than one month's notice, so we may not be able to fill your spot and many of our costs are fixed upfront.




What about currency?


New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZD$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.




Is tipping customary?


Tipping is not compulsory in New Zealand, however we like to show our appreciation for the generosity and conscientiousness of our guides and drivers. We have included tips in the cost of your trip so you don’t have to worry about having cash with you. Should you wish to tip someone on the team who really touched you, or people you meet along the way, we advise you to change US$ to NZ$ at the airport and offer to them directly.




Is there laundry service at the hotels we are staying at?


Not all hotels offer laundry services. We recommend bringing quick-drying clothing.




What does the dedicated event producer do?


Our event producer is responsible for making sure you don't have to think about anything other than your personal and professional growth. Everything from ensuring transfers arrive on time, to having all the best information on local restaurants, activities, and more. Your Abroad Quest is a high-touch seamless travel experience made possible by our event producer and all the wonderful locals we work with. By the end of this trip, it is our hope that you express your sincere gratitude to our event producers and guides for all they are doing to give each of a memorable life experience.





If you have any questions about these terms,

please contact us at service@abroad.io

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